Amanda A. Ebokosia, recognized by Forbes as a Millennial on a Mission, is the Founder & CEO of The Gem Project, Inc., a pioneering 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to elevating high school and college student engagement through impactful youth organizing and service-learning initiatives centered around a social justice framework.
With an unyielding commitment to youth development spanning nearly two decades, since its establishment in 2006, The Gem Project has directly impacted the lives of over 3500 youth and young adults. Through a groundbreaking peer-based paid fellowship connecting both high school and college students, youth are offered a myriad of opportunities to catalyze change within their communities, striving to influence policy through direct action.
Acknowledged for her exceptional leadership, Amanda Ebokosia and her team have garnered prestigious honors, including recognition from The White House and The City of Newark. Her inclusion in the annual FORBES Magazine 30 under 30 list in Education underscores her remarkable ability to engage communities and empower young individuals, fostering their leadership skills and potentially transforming their lives.
The Gem Project and Amanda Ebokosia’s impactful endeavors have garnered attention from esteemed publications such as the National Journal, Black Enterprise, NJ Spotlight, PBS News, TapInto, and Forbes Magazine, among others, highlighting their significant contributions to youth development.
Amanda Ebokosia’s academic achievements are equally noteworthy. She holds a BA degree in the Biological Sciences from Rutgers University – Newark and earned an MA degree in Youth Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Her pursuit of continuous growth and expertise led her to complete the Rutgers Institute of Ethical Leadership’s Nonprofit Executive Leaders track at the Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey, and certifications from the Institute of Nonprofit Practice in the CORE certificate program for Executives.
Committed to effecting positive change beyond her organization, Amanda serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition, addressing healthcare inequities across the Greater Newark area. Her service extends further as an Impact100 Essex Member, Women’s Leadership Council Member, former Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Rutgers University Alumni Association and a Former Associate Board member at the United Neighborhood Houses.
Amanda Ebokosia’s commitment to education it is reflected in her role as an adjunct lecturer at Bronx Community College, where she imparts her knowledge and expertise. She also served as a Founder-in-Residence at Antler NYC, further cementing her dedication to fostering innovative solutions and leadership.
In addition to her leadership roles, Amanda is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, sanctioned by Mental Health First Aid USA through the National Council for Behavioral Health. Her expertise in this realm adds another layer to her multifaceted contributions to youth development, equipping her to teach vital skills for recognizing and responding to mental health challenges affecting young individuals.